Bonhoeffer uses a similar phrase 'worldly Christianity'. It's J Gresham Machen that I want to line up most closely with. See his Christianity and culture here. Having done commentaries on Proverbs (Heavenly Wisdom) and Song of Songs (Heavenly Love), a matching title for Ecclesiastes would be Heavenly Worldliness. For my stance on worldliness, see 3 posts here.


In Waterstones the other day I noticed several of the longlisted Man Booker Prize novels. For the first time a graphic novel is included - the second by American Nick Drnaso. I bought a copy for one of my sons who into that medium and he has now read it and so have I. I have never read such a  thing before and have enjoyed the experience I guess. The fact one can read so quickly s an advantage in some ways but I find it difficult to see how it can compete with what is open to the more regular novel writer. The story looks at the area of crime, violence, secrecy and conspiracy theory in a fairly predictable but not a banal way. There is some swearing and blasphemy but unhelpful topic areas are avoided. One could reread it with profit and the simple but skilful graphic representation enhances the pleasure of a well executed book. Perhaps I'll read the first novel.

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